In advance of today's State of the Net conference, 463 worked with the conference organizers at the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee and Zogby International to put together (another) poll to tap the zeitgeist of Americans about Internet issues.
In the poll, two-thirds of voters believe that presidential candidates should have at least as much knowledge about the Internet as them.
They were asked" "Do you think that the next President will know as much about the Internet as you?" Almost 45 percent said, yes, and they should because of the importance of the Internet. And, 22 percent, didn't think the candidates would be as savvy of them, but wished that they would be. Not surprisingly, 38 percent of 18-29 year-olds don't think the candidates know as much as them, but wish that they would.
--The top tech policy priority for the next president? Energy technology policy first (38 percent) with privacy and security policy next (29%), Health IT, third, (14%) and the digital divide fourth (9%).
--Privacy expectation. When asked what would they would find to be the best example of a privacy violation, respondents said that the exposure of geo-location (GPS) data is tops (49%). Other exposures were ranked lower: 11 percent if someone posted a picture of them in a swimsuit; 11 percent if someone posted a picture of them visibly drunk; and, 9 percent if someone posted a video of them simply talking with their friends
--Among the age groups polled, all agreed on that the geo-location issue was the top concern. Coming in second for 18-24 year-olds and those over 65 was the posting of a drunken photo. 25-34 year-olds were more concerned about the posting of a video of them speaking with their friends, and, tellingly 35-54 year-olds were more concerned with the posting of them in a swimsuit.
--Sources of info on presidential candidates. We found that the Internet has dethroned radio and television as the primary source of candidate information for an increasingly Internet savvy electorate. 48 percent of those polled cited the Internet as the primary source of their knowledge of the presidential candidates. Only 31 percent and 13 percent cited television and radio, respectively. as the primary source. Nearly 67 percent of 18-29 year-olds cited the Internet as their primary source. Only 29 of those 65+ did so.
--Internet = smart. 89 percent of respondents said that the access to information found on the Internet has made them smarter. Four percent say that the distraction and time-wasting online has made them dumber.
--Nearly two-thirds (66%) of respondents said that they could at least "sometime" work from home and do their job well.
--Not ready for Internet voting. Despite all the other Internet warm fuzzies, 67 percent said that Internet voting could lead to fraud.
The online poll surveyed 3,585 adults and was conducted from 1/21-1/23. It has a margin of error of +/- 1.7 percent.